Banksy Winnie The Pooh Original Canvas

Winnie the Pooh Banksy

Winnie the Pooh, sometimes referred to as Pooh Bear, was created in 2003 and is part of a series of 25 Winnie the Pooh canvas editions. It belongs to Banksy’s earliest collection of works on canvas, first displayed at Santa’s Ghetto, a collective exhibition containing paintings and prints by Banksy as well as works by Eine, Dface and Space Invader, set up annually in December in different locations around London. The second edition of Santa’s Ghetto, in 2003, took place in an abandoned store just off Carnaby Street, and drew an international and star-studded crowd.

Banksy’s image of Winnie the Pooh first appeared stencilled on a wall in Banksy’s hometown Bristol in 1999. Winnie the Pooh canvas editions in a series of 10 were seen again re-edited and for sale in October 2013 in New York City, on the occasion of Banksy’s month-long street exhibition known as Better Out Than In. On day 13 of the show, the artist – disguised as a typical street vendor – set up a stand in Central Park where he sold black and white editions for just $60. Without the artist’s identity revealed only eight of the works were sold. The following day, in true Banksy style, the artist authenticated those canvases on his website declaring, “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each”. A year later, an edition of Winnie the Pooh purchased during Banksy’s New York residency sold for over £56,000.

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